Here is how my living room looks now. Want to see how we got there?
I am always playing around with furniture and accessories in my home. I don't think a week goes by when I don't make a change or two. But sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to where changes are needed in your home. When MoS Washington came to visit last weekend, I told her that my living room felt a bit busy and cluttered. There were too many small pieces of art on the walls and too many small pieces of furniture.
The room felt disorganized and was not relaxing. This is an old pic- I have since replaced the coffee table with a beautiful midcentury table from my grandmother, switched the lamps around, replaced the rug, and painted the directoire table glass black. But you get the idea. Too much stuff everywhere, too incohesive.
MoS Washington agreed (in the most polite manner possible), and we got to work, with the goal of re-decorating using only pieces I already had in my home. We took ALL of the art off the walls and put it in a pile on the floor. We moved MOST of the furniture out of the room. There were some limits as to what we could do because the piano had to stay where it was, but other than that, we started fresh.
The biggest change we made was moving the slipper chairs away from the blue molding wall and floating them in the middle of the room, facing each other. It really opened up the room. We also put most of the art and all of the small occasional chairs and tables in storage. Each piece I kept must be deliberate and meaningful.
We then moved the Jean-Michele Frank upholstered waterfall console table from my basement to the center of the blue molding wall. It is a gorgeous piece, and it was a shame to have it hidden downstairs. We played around with different lamps and accessories, but overall we decided to keep things really simple.
I formerly had a West Elm butler's tray serving as a bar in the corner. It is a versatile piece that I will probably use somewhere, but it just wasn't right for the room. And the botanical prints weren't doing anything for this wall, so they too are now in storage.
The bar has been replaced by my desk. I am loving my Craigslist brass chiavari chair, and the paintings are of Segovia, Spain, where my husband and I went on a trip. The desk is from the Habitat store, and the chinoiserie brass lamp is from a church rummage sale.
Even though most of the basics stayed the same, changing the layout, art, and accessories makes it feel like a new room to me. It is more symmetrical, cohesive, and soothing.
I replaced the small pieces of art with a larger single piece to make the blue wall feel more unified and deliberate.
My one new purchase for the room is this abstract piece, from my friend Laura Park at Cotswold Marketplace. She has lots of well-priced, gorgeous abstract pieces for sale in her booth there.
I am still searching for the perfect pair of benches to place under the waterfall table (these came from my bedroom, serving as placeholders until I find the perfect pair).
My room feels so much bigger, and now I actually want to spend time in my living room!
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